Just chillin’

You know, one thing I really love about my humans is that they like to just hang out with me. Even when I have a day off, like I did yesterday, my Mommy still comes to the barn just to chill’ with me while I eat grass. Then, even after she put me back in my stall for the night last night, she still hung out and pet me and talked to me while I ate my dinner hay. I made her laugh by making silly faces. The more she laughed, the more silly faces I made.

I love making Mommy laugh!

I love making Mommy laugh!

Today, I got to hang out in the back field with Leo for a little while; he was allowed to eat the tall grass for an hour today. We had a lot of fun being cheeky together, and we even took turns rolling in the dirt!

Yes! This patch of dirt is the BEST!

Yes! This patch of dirt is the BEST!

When it was time to come in, Leo and I both ran away a few times. But when my Mommy came out and said my name in “that tone,” I walked right up to her and let her put my halter on. Leo, however, took a little while longer before he agreed to give up the good grass and come in.

Mommy and I had a tough flat workout. We only worked for a half-hour, but we were working pretty much the whole time. I wore my bitless bridle today, and as we warmed up, I realized that Mommy was steering me with her seat and legs, not with her hands! The reins were completely slack. We even went across the long diagonals and did flying lead changes, and worked on extending and collecting the canter – all with no reins!

Then after some more practice with my lead changes, Mommy asked me to go down the diagonal and do a lead change every three strides – and I did it perfectly on the first try! It was so awesome! It was the first time I’ve been able to do that, and Mommy gave me a BUNCH of treats (which she had in her back pocket).

Yes, I am very expressive with my lead changes.

Yes, I am very expressive with my lead changes.

Of course, I wanted to be done with that, but Mommy had other ideas. I had to keep working… but I did get to gallop at the end!

Go, go, go!

Go, go, go!

I got a liniment bath afterward, and I think I heard Daddy say that he’s going to set up a course of jumps tomorrow. I don’t want to get ahead of myself, but… that might mean that I’m jumping big tomorrow! I hope I get to! It’s been weeks since the last time I did a four-foot course.

I’ll let you know how it goes, friends. For now, though, I’m off to finish my dinner hay and see if I can find any little pieces of grain that I dropped from dinner earlier. Catch y’all tomorrow!

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